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My kids are all in school now, we moved interstate, kids made friends and settled into school but I’m alone. I can only do so much housework, cleaning and shopping. I don’t have many friends yet, that I can spontaneously meet for a coffee and I don’t have a hobby. Tell me your ideas, hobbies or me time activities please so I don’t feel so useless.


Posted by mom439311, 8th April 2021


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  • I sew, I’m learning crochet and I love Lyra (a circus sport)


  • When we had the first lockdown I started doing jigsaw puzzles and when finished I swap them with others and them with me and we take photos of the finished product to share.


  • I do gem art, colouring in, study subjects of interest and reading


  • Hobbies completely depends on individual tastes and interests. I like to read so I spend a lot of my free time reading novels. I know people who are involved in gardening, volunteering with a not for profits, candle making, knitting. You can find what appeals to you and connect with your local community groups or virtual group on FB.


  • I am a full on nanna nerd!
    I do things like pen palling, cross stitch and scrapbooking.
    I don’t have much time to do any of those things at the moment as I have a newborn but if I could stay home instead of going back to work when my mat leave runs out those are the things I’d definitely be doing.
    I spend so much money at spotlight, it’s not funny.


  • I use free online courses to keep myself entertained. I also ask workmates to send me reports to proof read.
    I also play soccer, and do a little sewing, knitting and crocheting at times.


  • I like doing different things I used to like going to the gym trying to keep fit and used to walk a lot and I taught myself to crochet and did quite a few blankets for the kids they loved them. I went to learn Thi chi and yoga wasn’t any good with yoga I learnt paper tole and gardening joined a garden club and played bamington so lots to do if you fancy doing I even volunteered at a welfare place there is lots if you want to venture out and meet people and do something you just have to make your choice.


  • i work full time and am a survivor of an abusive relationship which left me raising twin babies plus a toddler solo. I have no time per se, but think about what time i do have, differently. So i listen to podcasts or crochet on my daily commute into the city. when my kids are playing ( fighting) in the garden, it gives me a chance to garden. I also take photographs , since i dont have the time or energy to paint …. and i use the kids toys to make sculptures. I miss being able to read loads, also sleep, i miss that . Good luck!


  • I like to read but since becoming a mum my eyesight has deteriorated which makes it very hard to focus


  • I’m a stay at home mum, my 20 month old doesn’t go to pre school yet as there isn’t one close by to where we live. I get 2 hours (at most, which is rare) to myself each week day. In that time, if I don’t clean or do any other house work I really enjoy painting. On weekends, when little one is sleeping my partner and I either like to fiddle with things around the house or relax and watch a movie together.
    I also like to go walking (which is never kid free), but you could try bike riding, or look on social media for a local women’s group in your community. Some community halls hold different kinds of classes, which you could attend.


  • I like spending time in garden and doing things there or just making small projects on my sewing machine…and cleaning and reorganising my home


  • I learnt how to make soap from scratch, now I also make lush style bath bombs, body lotions, lip balm. (prior to covid, I had turned into a business but have given it a break for a while) I also learnt to cook a lot from scratch. I used to love yoga and I read. I tend to read more than anything else now, at least I can come back to that if I get interrupted or have only a small amount of time.


  • Another idea is to try out new interests and hobbies on trial days. Some places have trials days before committing to a new interest/hobby.


  • I enjoy reading and learning new skills that I can do at home, like knitting. Are you interested in meeting people with a new hobby? There may be lots of local classes and groups you could do during school hours. I’d love to join art classes one day.


  • I took up gardening. Not only can you make your garden beautiful but you can grow vegetables and get involved with your local community and swap excess produce with neighbours


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